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Urine Stream Slow or Weak

Code Orange - Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

Code Orange - Call Your Vet at Their First Available Office Hours

  • If the horse seems distressed or in pain with urination.

Code Yellow - Contact Your Vet at Your Convenience for an Appointment

  • If you consider this a chronic and relatively mild problem that is not changing rapidly.
  • If the results of the Whole Horse Exam (WHE) suggest the horse is otherwise normal.

A weak, slow urine stream can be associated with a variety of illnesses, including bladder dysfunction (usually neurologic disease), generalized weakness, shock or pain, dehydration, or obstruction of the urethra.

WHAT TO DO

Assess your horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE) and monitor this problem. If this condition persists or worsens, or is accompanied by any other signs of illness, contact your vet with your findings and concerns.

WHAT YOUR VET DOES

Your vet may advise you to take a “wait and see” approach or suggest that they examine your horse. Rectal examination and ultrasound, neurologic evaluation and bladder catheterization may be used, along with a variety of other diagnostics, in order to determine the nature of the condition causing the sign.

Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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